author Emilie Leeks,

Sometimes as a parent it can be difficult to get our children to engage in activities that we think are important. At these times, it is always worth looking at the activity in question and having a good think about whether it's something we truly need to enforce - after all, our children are people too, and have their own interests and priorities and desires, and if we can cater for those if at all possible, we should be trying to do so. But most of us will have some activities that are very important to us. In these cases, it helps to have ideas to make the activity more palatable to our children - and connecting play is a wonderful way to do this.

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author Emilie Leeks,

We have 3 children, and I must admit I do find it a huge challenge keeping on top of everything around the house, whilst also being there for each of them when they need it. So I was delighted(!!) when my husband was away with work and...

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author Emilie Leeks,

Our #3 (just turned 2 years) does not like having his nappy changed!! He might run away when we suggest it (often with a cheeky grin back at us!), or he might say 'no - I not want a nappy change', or he might cry and try to battle us....

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